Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

A Gift Box From My Wife

I hear today is my birthday!

Well, I’ve never been a ‘let’s celebrate my birthday’ type. Actually, I don’t remember ever calling a party for one. But I understand why others do. It’s a good thing.

What Isabel taught me this morning

This morning, I asked Isabel if she knew how OLD daddy was. She just stared at me and couldn’t care less. But when my wife started singing the birthday song, she started clapping.

Who already taught her that age is just a number? I learned something in her reaction:

Celebrate people, first, for who they are. Simple.
Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane

A gift box from my wife

Each June 1, I’m guaranteed one thing. We don’t typically do gifts but I’m guaranteed a gift box from my wife  – she pours deep, heartfelt prayers on me.

If you’re married, you know that’s special. And so this morning, I submitted myself as she poured her heart to God on my behalf.

When your wife blesses you

I was going to tell you how she prayed but I changed my mind. Allow me keep that to myself. I promise you one thing; it was GOOD and you will see the resulting fruits.

Women have a special place in God’s heart. One gave birth to Christ, another saw him on resurrection morning. While Hannah pleaded with God every year, we didn’t hear of her husband waiting with her. He didn’t take part in the discussion with Eli.

They know how to get through to God. Don’t ask me how, I just know it’s true.

When your wife prays for you, you’re indeed blessed.

Today, I’m grateful for my home – for a wife that blesses me everyday and a daughter that simply puts me in awe of God.

A man in need of more grace

As I reflected on my wife’s prayer, I realized the need for more grace to serve, more courage to lead, more wisdom to live.

I won’t quit in my resolve to inspire a generation that desperately needs hope. I won’t give up on pouring myself into others to help them live intentionally and purposefully. That’s my awesome. I was made for that purpose.

Would pray for me today?

About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

12 Replies

  1. Happy belated birthday, Joseph! I hope it was beautiful 🙂

    1. Thank you so much @emknowles:disqus. Hope you’re settling in well in your new city.

  2. Glory

    Happy B-Day to you Mr J. I want to wish you a year full of Gods Grace and Strength that keeps you on the move to make others achieve their God intended Purpose. That`s so sweet of your wife, shes lovely, am happy i came to know her but we are not in contact now.Long Live Mr J.

    1. Much appreciated, Glory. Thanks for the prayers.

  3. jerry

    Am also celebrating a year older this month sir. Add me to your prayers. pl thanks and God bless.

    1. Sure, Jerry. I will pray for you. Remain in God grace.

  4. ha, our birthdays kinda follow each husband’s is 29th may, mine is 30th may 🙂
    Your post reminded me of my “gift box” for my husband this week – prayer 🙂 Nothing beats spousal prayer. Thanks for sharing this reminder and challenge today. I’ll be forwarding your post to my husband!

    1. Ah, we’re indeed connected! Little wonder we are awesome. Nothing beats spousal prayer for real, God is good. Thanks for sharing, my friend.

  5. Happy Birthday!
    Just said a prayer for you. Thank you for sharing about your wife’s prayer box, that’s a great idea!

    We aren’t big on celebrating B-days in our home either, but one can never have enough prayers!
    Have a wonderful day and God bless you with a happy, healthy, spiritually stretching year of grace!

    1. So glad there’s someone out there who makes me feel normal with the birthday party dilemma. Thanks for your prayers. I cherish them.

      1. You’re welcome…it is nice to know we aren’t alone! God bless

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